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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Sep 13, 2011 8:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: WinAmp issue (non-dead)

A few months I switched music players when I bought a new computer. I ended up going with Win Amp. It's okay, nothing spectacular. But, now it has developed an annoying habit: it abruptly stops playing a track and goes to the next one.

It's as if it just got tired of that song and decided to skip the rest of it. There seems to be no rhyme or reason, that is, it doesn't do it at the same spot on the same songs like a skip on vinyl would. And, it's not just skipping Bob tunes: just this morning, it has dropped both Box of Rain and Bird Song.

Any thoughts?

TOOTMO

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Sep 13, 2011 5:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: WinAmp issue (non-dead)

+1 to beep. Solution = foobar2000 or VLC.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Sep 13, 2011 5:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: WinAmp issue (non-dead)

i do use VLC on occasion, it works OK with video the once or twice a year i decide to pay attention to hollywood or one of its foreign bastard children; here's my question, does VLC actually keep track of your audio library, in a fashion similar to wimamp?

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Sep 13, 2011 6:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: WinAmp issue (non-dead)

I actually use foobar2000 more than VLC for audio, though I know other people do use VLC for everything.

With foobar2000, I assemble playlists in tabs, but that's as far as I go with organizing. For all I know, winamp may be far superior in that regard, but it did weird things to me years ago that I don't remember now, and the interface was unattractive to my eyes, so I moved to foobar and have been happy with it since. Also, I think I remember winamp being slower to load.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Sep 13, 2011 10:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: WinAmp issue (non-dead)

thanks Lou; i guess it comes down to what one finds works and looks best to them; largely speaking, i tend toward open source software for anything i need done on the computer, but winamp is just one of those programs which comes out ahead in pretty much every category for audio that i use it for, which is actually just to listen to and keep my library organized; the interface is amazing and flexible to a degree, so i can tweak it to my preferences, and it plays everything i have; i'm actually at the point where i'd pay for it if it weren't already free

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Sep 13, 2011 8:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: WinAmp issue (non-dead)

I'm sorry I can't offer help, but as long as it was playing Jerry's tunes (though PITB hurts) I could see how you could at least tolerate it. ;-)
Good luck fixin'. Computer problems... Aarrggh!

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Sep 13, 2011 9:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: WinAmp issue (non-dead)

Perhaps I shouldn't bitch, it could be worse: imagine if it only played "Seastones"?!?

TOOTMO

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Sep 13, 2011 10:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: WinAmp issue (non-dead)

no worries, just replace it

uninstall it first

dl and install it again http://www.winamp.com/

takes a few minutes

hope it solves the problem

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Poster: boat man Date: Sep 13, 2011 8:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: WinAmp issue (non-dead)

I had some problems with WinAmp, myself. It doesn't really uninstall completely, either; at least mine didn't. I had to go into My Computer>Tools>Folder Options>File Types and manually change the defaults to a different program.
I got it to play larger files but it turned out to be a pill.
Good luck with yours.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Sep 13, 2011 10:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: WinAmp issue (non-dead)

i love winamp and i've been a user of the software for 11 years now, and i know people complain about it but hey, nothing's perfect, certainly not that piece of bloatware itunes, lol

anyway, i have to say i've never encountered the particular issue you are having; in fact, my winamp experience has been stable for around 6 years now, for one very simple reason: i never upgrade, i found the version that works right for me, and left it there

what you might do, and what has 99% of the time worked for me when i had a particular issue or problem with some piece of software: i went to the applicable blog or helpsite (google is your friend for this) for whatever application i had a concern with, because someone always has the same issue as you and generally someone has a fix or solution, even if the solution is to just open your front door and throw your computer into the oncoming traffic

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Poster: beep* Date: Sep 13, 2011 10:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: WinAmp issue (non-dead)

Winamp is a great player however you might consider VLC. The free, open-source everything player. I've been using it for years as my primary player for audio and video. For me it puts iTunes and Quicktime to shame.

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/